“Special Delivery” Anniversary Card

Hello all ~ I made a card for my sister and brother-in-law’s upcoming anniversary. They have an autumn anniversary so I played on the idea of autumn leaves but kept the card’s colors bright and playful to fit any occasion. I love the stamp image on Wild Card so I played on the theme of “Special Delivery for two special people” which is the inside sentiment that I typed in Word. The special delivery design can be seen in the stamp mat, the postal mark I made in Word, and in the miniature envelope filled with autumn leaves. It’s as if the envelope idea is deconstructed – envelope, then postal mark, then stamp. It was fun ¬†playing with these elements to design a card for a special event.

The stamp image on Wild Card is found under the alphabet feature. It normally has an inner cut that reads “stamped with love” but I hid these lines to just get the stamp shape cut at 4.5 inches. I then added a square mat measuring 4 inches which I ran through my printer to print the postal mark. I sewed these two layers together with a zig-zag stitch (this is the second time I’ve sewn a card so it’s not perfect! ūüôā ). I cut the cute envelope at 2.5 inches from Just Because Cards and the leaves are from Potpourri Basket cut at 2 inches (these are originally from Doodlecharms). The card base is 5 inches square so I cut an envelope from Walk in My Garden at 5 inches to mail it to my sister! The leaves are doodled with a fine point black pen and distressed with brown ink. I then embossed them with Cuttlebug folders – D’vine Swirls and Swiss Dots. I added a little bow to the envelope with a glue dot.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-me-monday-136.html (Fall Harvest РMake a project using Fall leaves) Deadline: Midnight November 11 (MST)

http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/attitude-of-gratitude-cricut-cardz.html (Attitude of Gratitude РMake a card for Thanksgiving using any cartridge(s), and any colors you’d like) Deadline: Noon November 20 (EST)

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“Seeing Spots” FCCB Challenge – Thanksgiving Card

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) is hosting another challenge this week – Challenge #135 Seeing Spots – make a project featuring polka dots. I decided to make another Thanksgiving card and incorporate polka dots to enter the challenge. The deadline is midnight, November 4th (MT) in case you’re interested in entering! The challenge is listed here:¬†http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2012/10/challenge-me-monday-135.html.

For this card, I used The Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical stack (Hobby Lobby) and a piece of cream cardstock. I used the Straight from the Nest (SFTN) cartridge for the little tree layers (cut at 3 inches) and Walk in My Garden (WIMG) for the 5 inch square card base (this can also be done by hand with a paper trimmer ~ 10 inch long x 5 inch wide – fold in half). I also used WIMG to cut the square mat layers at 4 & 3/4 and 4 & 1/2 inches. I love using Design Studio to lay out my card designs so cutting squares this way is easier and faster. I also shrunk a WIMG square to measure 2 & 3/4 x 4 & 1/4 inches for the cream mat under the tree.

The polka dots for the FCCB challenge can be seen in the light green polka dotted paper and in the cream cardstock that’s embossed with Cuttlebug’s “Swiss Dots” embossing folder. Even the orange paper on the tree and card base has flowers with dots in the center. And for just a bit more dots, I added tiny pearl embellishments on the upper right! I love the velvet ric rac ribbon from American Crafts. It adds a nice punch of autumn color and texture. The “Bountiful Blessings” sentiment and brown ink are from Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby). I used this same ink to distress the edges of the cream cardstock prior to dry embossing. For additional dimension, I raised the tree up with foam adhesive (Michael’s).

I’m also entering this card in Cardz TV’s “I’m So Thankful” challenge – make a card or project for Thanksgiving. The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). Here is the challenge link for more details:¬†http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2012/11/im-so-thankful-ctv-stamps-dt-challenge.html. One lucky submitter will be randomly drawn for a set of Cardz TV stamps!

And since I just learned about another cool challenge blog, I’m entering a challenge at “Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges”. This week’s challenge is here: http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/11/ch-44-orange-brown.html. Make anything with orange and brown! I think this card will work! ūüôā¬†The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, November 8th at Noon (EST). A winner will be chosen by random.org for a $10 gift certificate for Dude Time Doodles.¬†It would be fun if you played along!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Colors of Autumn – Thanksgiving Card

I had fun trying out my new¬†“Autumn Leaves” Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink pad! This is a 5 color ink pad that gives you a rainbow of color for a multi-colored look using stamps or a brayer.¬†For this card, I used the oak leaf from Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, Leaves. I stamped it¬†twice onto cream cardstock, then fussy cut the images out with scissors. The embossed wreath is from Sizzix’s Birds and Wreath set. I dry embossed cream cardstock and colored the raised image using a clear ink embossing pen and soft chalk. It’s best to work in small sections with the embossing pen so that it’s still damp when applying the chalk. The embossing ink permanently sets the chalk so there’s no mess! Plus, if you make a mistake with your chalk on other parts of your paper, you can simply erase the mistake. I stamped “Blessings” using the Kaleidacolor pad to tie in with the leaves. This stamp and the flower layers are from Michael’s Dollar Bin. I secured the flowers together with an orange brad then adhered it with foam dimensionals. One leaf is also adhered with dimensionals to pop it up from the card.

Supplies

  • Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Autumn Leaves
  • Inkadinkado Mini Stamps – Leaves
  • Sizzix A2 Embossing Folder – Elegant Wreath
  • Ranger Inkssentials Clear Embossing Pen
  • Craft-T Chalks – Orange, Ruddy Red, Burnt Sienna, Light Brown, Dark Brown
  • Flowers – Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • Orange Pastel Brad – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
  • “Blessings” Stamp –¬†Michael’s Dollar Bin
  • 4.25 x 5.5 cream cardstock
  • 4.5 x 5.75 brown cardstock
  • 4.75 x 12 orange cardstock – scored in the middle then folded to make card base measuring 4 & 3/4 x 6 inches
  • Corner Rounder Punch – Hobby Lobby
  • 3D foam adhesive squares – Michael’s
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Adhesive dot runner – Wal-Mart

The Sizzix Elegant Wreath embossing folder can be used in so many designs. Just by changing colors or embellishments, you get a whole new look. Here are three other cards I made in previous posts using this versatile folder:

“Autumn Colors” Card

This was definitely one of those experiments where I had a vision and it went into another direction. This happens a lot to me! ūüôā But I always have fun trying new things because I learn more each time I do. For instance, I learned that my Ink It Up! stamp inks don’t work well with a brayer, and some of the lighter colors aren’t as crisp as some of the more expensive inks out there. I am currently waiting on an Amazon order for a set of leaf stamps and a product that’s been around for a while: Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pads. Since I’m working on Thanksgiving cards, I ordered¬†Tsukineko’s¬†Autumn Leaves¬†palette. Once it arrives, I’m going to try the brayer technique again to see if I get better results.

For this A2 sized card, I used textured white cardstock. It resembles a linen weave. This didn’t help with stamping crisp images (another lesson I learned), but it does add to a faded watercolor look, so I’m satisfied with this experiment :). I used two stamps from Martha Stewart – a leaf and a tree. I used my brayer to roll on different Ink It Up! colors: Harvest Yellow, Terra Cotta, Khaki Green, Cranberry, and Orange. ¬†I used Ink It Up! Orange and Tart Lime to stamp leaves on the background over the “brayered” parts – is that a word? I used Stampabilities brown ink on the edges of the card face and to stamp the tree. Then I ran the stamped cardstock through a Sizzix Damask folder which almost gives it a look of fabric or a quilt. The Blessings stamp is also from Stampabilities and stamped in brown ink.

  • Light Brown Card Base – measures 4 & 1/4 x 5 & 1/2 inches (an A2 sized card) You can get two cards out of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock that opens vertically like this by cutting the sheet in half lengthwise (in portrait mode).
  • Medium Brown Mat – measures 4 & 1/8 x 5 & 3/8
  • Stamped Embossed Mat – measures 4 x 5 & 1/4 inches

I used hemp cord wrapped around three times and then strung the cord through two buttons and tied it off in a bow.

Thanks for checking out my experiment!

Vanessa

Autumn Leaf Shape Card

With Autumn settling into my mind, I’ve delved into making some Fall inspired cards. I may use some of these for Thanksgiving greetings. Today I created this leaf-shaped card using Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two leaves together. The leaf is originally from Doodlecharms but it’s also included on the Potpourri Basket cartridge, which is the one I have. I used two shadows at 6 inches (flipping one and then pivoting each leaf to intersect enough to hold the card together when folded). I am always looking for ways to weld things together because I love shape cards. The trick is getting enough points to intersect for durability.

Here’s a screen shot of the weld ~¬†

And here is the final card ~

I used brown ink to distress the top leaf and the card base. I typed the “Happy Fall” sentiment using Word. I printed it on Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” paper trimmed to fit my printer. Then I hand cut it into a banner. I love the typewriter look of the font. It’s called “Batik Regular” in 22 point bold. I used some thin twine and a button to finish off the look. It’s secured with a glue dot.

For the inside, I used an inspirational quote by Albert Camus ~ font is Batik Regular in 14 point. More inking here too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As this day of reflecting on our blessings comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude for my family. My husband and I had Thanksgiving with just the two of us this year due to a work conflict, but we were able to visit my family in Florida last week for my sister and brother-in-law’s 16th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time going out to dinner on their anniversary and my lovely mother-in-law also attended. We were taken to a spectacular restaurant called Bern’s in Tampa, Florida. It was a delightful culinary experience and is the essence of fine dining. ¬†We had a wonderful time eating Filet Mignon and indulging in their infamous¬†b√©arnaise¬†sauce. The entire presentation was magnificent and made for a truly memorable wedding anniversary for my sister and her husband. ¬†After we dined, we enjoyed a delightful trip upstairs to Bern’s famous Harry Waugh Dessert Room. The room is filled with private booths made from old wine casks. ¬†It lent to a cozy, quieter ambiance which was highlighted with decadent desserts. ¬†It really topped off the evening as we laughed, talked, and¬†reminisced.

Also during the visit, we had a barbecue and my other brother-in-law and sister-in-law came over with their two children. It was wonderful seeing them again and to see how much my nephew and niece have grown! Since Florida has milder temperatures (not too hot, not too cold this time of year), it was a perfect setting for visiting and having a meal together outside. This entire visit serves as a nice Thanksgiving memory since we were not able to be together on this holiday as a family.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and companionship with their family and friends.  Even though this one day is set aside for giving thanks, may we remember to always show gratitude for the blessings we have in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vanessa

A Quiet Autumn Scene – Thanksgiving Card

I wanted to capture an autumn scene and show the beauty that this wonderful season offers.  This card is dedicated to my husband, Glen in honor of our wonderful Thanksgivings together and the ones to come.

Cartridges used:

Bloom, Designer’s Calendar, Pagoda, Storybook, and Wild Card

Papers Used:

My Mind’s Eye Simply Delightful (colored paper), Wal-Mart card stock (card base), Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical card stock (brown paper)

Embellishments:

Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder; Inking using Stampabilities brown ink; Shading using a brown colored pencil

I made a 5×7 card base, then trimmed light blue paper to 5×7 and adhered it to the front of the card. Next I cut a 5×7 mat of light green paper and used a pencil to sketch hills.  I used scissors to cut around each hill, embossed them with a Swiss Dots folder, then inked the edges with brown ink and a Q-tip for definition.  I then adhered the hill pieces to the blue mat fitting them like a puzzle.  I cut the “Bloom” tree trunks (both kinds on the cartridge) at 3 inches using brown card stock and cut one layer of leaves in orange paper for the larger tree.  I cut extra leaves in orange paper at 4 inches so they would appear larger as they fell to the ground and could be used on the other trees.  The pumpkins are cut at 2 inches from Designer’s Calendar.  I used a brown colored pencil to color in the stem and make ridges in the pumpkin.  I also applied a bit of ink over these for more dimension. The bridge is cut from Pagoda at 1 1/2 inches.  The inside sentiment was done on my computer using Edwardian Script. I cut a 1 inch owl from Storybook and some maple leaves from Wild Card at 3 and 1 inches.

Wild Card’s Leaf Card – Thanksgiving

I made another Thanksgiving card tonight using Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge. On page 43, there is a nice card base called. Other images for this card include the “Happy Thanksgiving” sentiment and leaf icons. I really like the oval cut-out and the coordinating scalloped frame. I cut all of the corresponding cuts at 7 inches, including the envelope. The envelope is embellished with a leaf icon cut at 7 inches in green card stock. I used a paper trimmer to cut off the excess where the leaf folds over to the addressed side. ¬†Since I will be mailing this card, trimming the leaf portion was necessary. The two charms hanging from the jewelry cord are cut from Cricut’s Designer Calendar cartridge at 1 1/2 inches (pages 36 & 37 for the images, and 47 for the round and square bases).¬†The patterned card stock is from Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical stack and the card base is from Wal-Mart’s 8 1/2 x 11 earth tones card stock found in their office supply section. ¬†I added two small adhesive pearls on the scalloped frame to finish off the card.

I have one more Thanksgiving card that I need to make and it doesn’t require mailing. ¬†It is to be given to my husband who is so loving and supportive of my hobby. ¬†I have a design in mind and hopefully I can get it completed tomorrow.

Till then,

Vanessa

A Few More Thanksgiving Cards

I’m really feeling the rush now to get my Thanksgiving cards completed. ¬†For these cards, I used Paper Studio’s Natural Botanical patterned card stock. ¬†The colors reflect Autumn so they work well for Thanksgiving greeting cards. ¬†After this mailing, I have to get started on Christmas cards because I have a longer list of recipients! ¬†I hope I can get it done in time. I love making cards but I tend to over think most of them so this will be a challenge, but I can’t wait to get started because I love this hobby!

Pumpkin Card ~ I used Cricut’s Wild Card cartridge for the pumpkin card (you might remember the Halloween jack-o-lantern variation I made in an earlier posting). ¬†This time, I cut the pumpkin in blackout. The card base, grass, and stem layers were cut at 5 inches. ¬†The Thanksgiving sentiment is cut at 7 inches which is also from Wild Card. ¬†I tied brown jewelry cord around the stem and threaded it through a brown button to add interest. ¬†I also used a brown stamp pad and a Q-tip to highlight the cut lines in the pumpkin.

Blessings Card ~ I used a square card from Walk In My Garden (WIMG) cut at 5 inches. ¬†I don’t know why I am so attracted to square cards! ūüôā ¬†This shape requires extra postage but I love the look of it. ¬†I used a paper trimmer to cut the various mats for the front and inside of the card. ¬†I love the chocolate patterned paper with the autumn leaves and I didn’t want to cover up too much of this beautiful paper so I simply added a ribbon, some pearl embellishments, and a stamped sentiment in brown ink using cream card stock on top of ¬†a coordinating mat. ¬†The sentiment is raised up with dimensionals. ¬†For the inside, I used another mat of the chocolate/leaves paper and then added a cream card stock mat stamped with another Thanksgiving sentiment. ¬†This also allowed me an area to write a personal message. ¬†This was mailed using WIMG’s coordinating envelope cut at 5 inches.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

I’m Thankful For…

TAG, YOU‚ÄôRE IT! ¬†I’m thankful for… Helen at¬†Helen’s Journal! ¬†Helen has the most beautiful photos and cards on her blog. ¬†Helen became one of my earliest blog followers and has offered supportive comments which I truly appreciate from a fellow crafter. ¬†It gives me the encouragement to keep doing what I love – making cards and sharing them with others. ¬†Thank you Helen for your inspiring photos and for sharing your handmade creations with the world. ¬†If you haven’t seen her site, you should check it out because you will be inspired.

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I would also like to thank Sophia at just4crafters. ¬†Sophia first tagged me with this wonderful honor. ¬†She is a very supportive blog follower and has become a wonderful friend. ¬†Sophia has beautiful projects on her site including home decor, seasonal artwork, and handmade cards. ¬†She is very knowledgeable about various craft items and I have learned a lot from her wonderful blog, as well as her website: just4crafters.com. ¬†Thank you Sophia for choosing me as a “Tag, You’re It” recipient!

This idea originated from Christine at DIY and FYI. In this season of giving thanks, this is a wonderful way for bloggers to share with others for whom they are thankful. “Please pass it on and spread the gratitude!”